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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Jul 12, 2011 12:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: DSO virgin's question about DSO (and bonus trivia question)

At a DSO show when they are doing a specific date, how faithfully do they replicate the target evening? If there was a yellow dog story, do they tell the yellow dog story? If Playin' was eight minutes originally, does DSO then do an eight-minute Playin'? I can't imagine that they learn each show note for note, or do they? Thoughts, please.


Here is a show that was done recently in New York. It is a replication of a show from the outskirts of Indy-land. This one should be easy without even cheating.

http://www.archive.org/details/dso2011-05-21

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jul 12, 2011 2:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO virgin's question about DSO (and bonus trivia question)

i was too busy hugging strangers and falling all over them drunk. No just kidding

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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Jul 12, 2011 1:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO virgin's question about DSO (and bonus trivia question)

I've seen them a handful of times and listened to a few other shows and I'd say they're pretty faithful though certainly not exact. I've certainly never seen them/heard them recreate the actual banter from the show or a Yellow Dog Story or anything like that.

That said I think they definitely make an effort to have the highlights in their show be the same as they are in the original, they definitely give something some extra oomph if it happens to have been a particularly good original.
Also if there are certain distinct characteristics about a song they give a faithful attempt to recreate them. Example off the top of my head the show closing Truckin' from 77/11/06 has a totally unique solo from Jerry in it and in DSO's version they definitely try to replicate it:

DSO:
http://www.archive.org/details/dso2008-07-31

GD:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-11-06.mtx.seamons.92273.sbeok.flac16

I've never seen them do a pre-retirement show though, it would be interesting to see how faithfully they recreated a BIG jam like Dark Star or TOO from a particular date.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jul 12, 2011 2:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO virgin's question about DSO (and bonus trivia question)

6/27/76

It's at the bottom of the page you linked us to.

To answer your question, or at least provide some more perspective....I have never heard them try to recreate any notable banter like the Yellow Dog story. What I typically see is a shout out to the local crowd, "We love it here in Norfolk, thanks for coming out on a Sunday night" kind of thing.

Based on what I have seen, remain true to the original set list in terms of content, and make a pretty good effort to recreate the length. Although there are definitely spots when when they do put a personal touch on things. Jeff Mattson's work on Morning Dew from the National in Richmond in December 2009 was stunning. Along with the Scarlet-Fire at the NORVA the other night. I will post a link if it goes up on IA.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jul 12, 2011 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO virgin's question about DSO (and bonus trivia question)

Hey Mando,
How true to the effects / instrumentation are they??
I just today listened to the GD version of 9-4-91 that you saw DSO perform the other night. It got me to thinking... Did the DSO guys use MIDI in the show the other night? Did they have both organ and piano ( ala Bruce and Vince)? What would be even more impressive, did they have anyone playing Bruce's accordian parts from the original show??

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jul 13, 2011 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO virgin's question about DSO (and bonus trivia question)

As true as they can be I suppose. They only had one keyboard the other night, but Rob baracco was definitely using some kind of MIDI sound setup - it was downright nasty.

When they announced the show date at the end of the night, I remember thinking wow, they pulled off a two keys show pretty well. There were distinctly Hornsby sounding parts of the songs and distinctly Vince sounding songs and all in all, they hit it.

No accordion though. I know DSO comes to the Wilmington Opera House regularly, you really should catch a show. Or if the beach is more of an attraction, they do a lot of shows at the Bottle and Cork in Dewey.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jul 13, 2011 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO virgin's question about DSO (and bonus trivia question)

Dupe

This post was modified by Mandojammer on 2011-07-13 18:09:39

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jul 12, 2011 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO virgin's question about DSO (and bonus trivia question)

Speaking of DSO, ahem, first-timers... I'll likely be seeing both DSO and Furthur for the furst time this weekend at the All Good! festival. Wish me luck. I will no doubt have something to say when it's all done and over.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Jul 12, 2011 1:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO virgin's question about DSO (and bonus trivia question)

I thoroughly enjoyed my Furthur show this spring. It was what it was.

TOOTMO

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 13, 2011 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO virgin's question about DSO (and bonus trivia question)

We are going next weekend!